NFC East: 2013 Week 13 NYG at WAS Rapid Reaction

Rapid Reaction: Washington Redskins

December, 1, 2013
LANDOVER, Md. -- Thoughts and observations after the Washington Redskins' 24-17 loss to the New York Giants:

What it means: The speculation over Mike Shanahan’s job will increase dramatically. The Redskins are now 3-9, have lost four in a row and have shown no signs whatsoever this season that they are a good team. It’s one thing to lose at home to San Francisco, which is just a better team. It’s another to lose at home to a 4-7 team when you proclaim to still be capable of playing well. On national TV, no less. The Redskins have some serious questions to ask as an organization, which should have been the case before this game. But there’s no doubt this team has put owner Dan Snyder in a position where he has to consider every alternative. We know all the excuses for the Redskins -- cap penalty, Robert Griffin III’s knee. But that will never explain all that’s gone wrong this season or in this game.

Stock report: Down -- right side of the Redskins’ offensive line. Chris Chester and Tyler Polumbus had a rough night against the Giants and Justin Tuck in particular. Tuck had success no matter who he went against. Chester in particular has to play better. Down -- The ability to stay poised in close games and play winning football. Hasn’t happened this year. Up -- linebacker Brian Orakpo. He finished with two sacks and played the run well.

Bad hands: The Redskins could not hold onto the ball on their final drive of the game. They dropped the ball three times on the drive, including one by tight end Fred Davis at the Giants’ 30-yard line. Then, on the final play, receiver Pierre Garcon had the ball stripped from him after catching a pass on fourth-and-1 that would have resulted in a first down.

Up next: The Redskins play a third straight game at home, this time against Kansas City. The Chiefs enter with a three-game losing streak.

Rapid Reaction: New York Giants

December, 1, 2013
LANDOVER, Md. -- A few thoughts on the New York Giants' 24-17 victory against the Washington Redskins on Sunday night at FedEx Field:

What it means: As we have been saying since they were winless in mid-October, these Giants aren't going to roll over on their lost season. Even down 14-0 in the second quarter Sunday night, they were fighting and determined to win a division game on the road. Expect it to continue, regardless of results, the rest of the way. Many of the positives from this Giants' season were on display in this one -- Andre Brown at running back, Jon Beason at middle linebacker, the strong run defense and solid work by members of an undermanned secondary winning their one-on-one coverage and tackling battles. The Giants are 5-7 and two games behind a first-place tie between teams against which they went a combined 1-3. They're cooked. But they're not playing like it, and if you're a Giants fan that's all you can ask at this point.

Stock watch, UP: Defensive end Justin Tuck. On the first day of what many have long thought would be his final month as a Giant, Tuck recorded four sacks and helped lock down the defense in the second half against Robert Griffin III and the Redskins. Tuck has had a fine season overall, but that hadn't been showing up in the sack numbers, as he only had 2.5 in the team's first 11 games. Healthy and productive, he could be making a push for either a big free-agent deal or to convince the Giants to keep him -- if that's what he wants.

Stock Watch, DOWN: Left tackle Will Beatty. On the flip side, Beatty struggled mightily in pass protection against Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo, who's making a free-agent contract push of his own. Orakpo had two sacks, and pressure from him helped force Eli Manning into a third-quarter interception. Beatty has been erratic in this, the first year of the five-year free-agent deal he signed with the Giants last offseason.

What's next: The Giants are back on the road next week, as they travel to San Diego for a 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday game against the 5-7 Chargers, who lost at home to the Bengals this week.